I’ve been shopping for new lace projects.
A few weeks ago Sharon Miller released a new pattern, the Queen Ring Shawl. It’s based on one of the antique shawls she has in her collection. Since I really wanted it and was ordering from her anyway, I went ahead and purchased the booklet for the Lerwick Lace Shawl as well. I ordered a ball of Shetland Supreme in Moorit to try out when I purchased the yarn for the Princess Shawl. I wasn’t ready to try to knit true every-row’s-in-pattern lace then, but I seem to have grown more confident in my knitting since. I’ve started Lerwick and am working my way up to the Queen. So far, so good. I’m being patient and taking my time, although the knitting is progressing more easily and quickly than I expected. Princess may take a few years, but she’ll eventually make it to the needles as well. Maybe by the time I finish this one, the Wedding Ring Shawl will be ready for re-release (2010, after all).
I’ve also been working on Icarus for a co-worker. She saw my Seraphim shawl and wanted one herself. She purchased the yarn and I’m knitting it because she’s a wonderful person to see every day. She’s had a rough year with a breast cancer diagnosis and a medical scare with her daughter. I’m happy to make something that I know she will love. She’s taking a trip to Italy in May with her sisters and I want to have it completed before then. Actually, I’m halfway through chart one and expect to have the whole thing finished by next week. I’m devoting one hour a day to it and it’s moving along nicely.
Finally, there’s the Triangular Lace Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia. I’m making it out of some Knitpicks Bare Laceweight that I dyed in 2007. I noticed that the pattern called for just about the amount of yarn that I had on hand, and I’ve been working on it steadily for the last month and a half. It’s a really easy pattern with no nupps. It might actually be the only one in the book to carry that distinction. It’s blocking now and I hope to have a modeling shot later this week.